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Fifth annual GreenFest event to take place Oct. 7 in downtown

Georgia Southern University’s Center for Sustainability is gearing up for its fifth annual GreenFest event which will take place in downtown Statesboro on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Statesboro.

GreenFest, which attracts more than 1,500 visitors annually, will showcase all the region has to offer for sustainable living. The goal of the event is to educate the public about sustainable solutions throughout the community, and to share green resources and eco-friendly ideas in an outdoor festival atmosphere.

Nearly 40 vendors and exhibitors will share sustainability information and green products to encourage a “green” lifestyle. Festival-goers can enjoy live music, free sustainability workshops, children’s activities and more.

Featured workshops this year include rain barrels (make your own – pre-register online), green cleaning products, and natural dyes (bring a cloth item to dye). The weekly Mainstreet Statesboro Farmers Market will also offer festival visitors fresh and delicious local produce, baked goods and more. Smoothie King will host the “blender bike” activity to blend your own smoothie.

Keep Statesboro Beautiful is hosting a service opportunity for beautification along the Blue Mile, so volunteers can get their hands dirty and make a difference in the community. Check in on the courthouse lawn to participate.

Georgia Southern’s Southern Adventures will offer bicycle rentals at a discounted price in honor of the event to anyone who needs transportation to GreenFest. For just $5, students can rent a bicycle for the entire weekend just by mentioning GreenFest at the door.

Entries in the third annual Pallet Challenge will also be on display during GreenFest along Siebald Street, and winners will be announced at noon. Last year’s competition drew entries from as far as Savannah and included pallet planters, picnic tables, coolers and even a pallet car.

For a full schedule of the GreenFest events and to register for the Pallet Challenge and other various activities, visit http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/sustainability/events/greenfest/.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 118 degree programs serving 20,673 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.

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